Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi Falls in French Quarters

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

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Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of USA shake hands with Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan following their victory during the men’s doubles quarterfinals match June 1.

Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian doubles tennis partner Rohan Bopanna were almost able to slay the dragon that has been tormenting them. That dragon has taken the shape of American tennis playing brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, who previously defeated Qureshi and Bopanna in the finals of the U.S. Open Men’s Doubles tournament this past September. In the 2011 French Open semifinals. the Indo-Pak Express were able to take the first set against the Bryans in a tiebreaker, 7-2. But Bob and Mike roared back and took the second set 6-3. That left a crucial third and final set that once again went to a tiebreaker. However, it was the Bryans who prevailed in this second tiebreaker, 7-3, to qualify for the semifinals. The Bryans, however, went on to lose in the semifinals to the unseeded team of Eduardo Schwank of Argentina and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia.

Qureshi has moved up to a career high of number seven in the world mens’ doubles rankings. But that will be small consolation for him right now as the two of them continue to try to break through with their first Grand Slam doubles title. At least they have gotten back on the saddle after their disappointing end in Paris. The duo have already reached the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Germany just days after their loss.

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Aisam ul Haq Qureshi Falls in Epic French Open Quarterfinal

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi-96269Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian doubles tennis partner Rohan Bopanna put on quite a show in Paris, but they ultimately fell to their American arch rivals, the Bryan brothers. Qureshi and Bopanna took a stirring first set 7-6, 7-2 in the tiebreaker. But the Bryan brothers rebounded with a 6-3 second set victory. And everything then came down to a third set that once again ended in a tiebreaker, but this time in the Bryans’ favor, 7-3.

In the previous round, Qureshi and Bopanna, the number five seeded men’s team, dispatched of the team consisting of Kazakhstani Andrey Golubev and Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-5 in the fourth round to reach the quarters. And in the quarterfinal round the Indo-Pak Express will face their nemeses, the American team of brothers Mike and Bob Bryan. The Bryans, in the fourth round, ironically also took out a Kazakhstani, as well as a Russian.

Back in September the Bryan brothers defeated Qureshi and Bopanna in the finals of the U.S. Open, after which Qureshi gave a stirring speech about the plight and misunderstanding of his home nation of Pakistan. This time Qureshi, and Bopanna, were hoping to do all of the talking with their rackets to avenge their previous defeat. But, the defeat notwithstanding, Qureshi and Bopanna certainly got the attention of all onlookers at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris.

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Sania Mirza in French Open Semifinals

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

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Sania Mirza of India returns the ball to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2011.    

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India’s Sania Mirza, and her Russian doubles tennis partner, Elena Vesnina, are getting the attention of the paparazzi in Paris after upending the ladies’ doubles number one seeds Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6–0, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the French Open. Mirza and Vesnina, the seventh seeds, took only 66 minutes to dispatch of Pennetta and Dulko, who are ranked number one and number two respectively in the ladies’ world individual doubles rankings. Mirza’s partner, Vesnina, currently ranks number 10 in those same world rankings, while Sania has moved up to number 25. Sania is up to number 72 in the singles rankings.

Mirza and Vesnina will now take on the fourth seeded American duo of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond on Wednesday at Roland Garros Stadium in  Paris. No matter the result, Sania and Elena are sure to see their rankings shoot up further after the French Open.

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